A1 Journal article – refereed
Multi-stability and the origin of microbial community types

List of Authors: Gonze D, Lahti L, Raes J, Faust K
Place: London
Publication year: 2017
Journal: ISME Journal
Journal name in source: ISME JOURNAL
Journal acronym: ISME J
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 10
ISSN: 1751-7362
eISSN: 1751-7370

The study of host-associated microbial community composition has suggested the presence of alternative community types. We discuss three mechanisms that could explain these observations. The most commonly invoked mechanism links community types to a response to environmental change; alternatively, community types were shown to emerge from interactions between members of local communities sampled from a metacommunity. Here, we emphasize multi-stability as a third mechanism, giving rise to different community types in the same environmental conditions. We illustrate with a toy model how multi-stability can generate community types and discuss the consequences of multi-stability for data interpretation.

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